The Feast of the Cross
“Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.” (Acts 9:31)
“This is the more powerful teaching—that which comes through our manners and behavior—Even if you do not utter a word, but yet, after you have gone out of this assembly, by your mien, and your look, and your voice and all the rest of your demeanor you exhibit to the men who have been left behind the gain which you have brought away with you, this is sufficient for exhortation and advice.
For we ought to go out from this place (the church) as it were from some sacred shrine, as men who have descended from heaven itself, who have become sedate, and philosophical, who do and say everything in proper measure: and when a wife sees her husband returning from the assembly, and a father his son, and a friend his friend, and an enemy his enemy, let them all receive an impression of the benefit which you have derived from coming here: and they will receive it, if they perceive that you have become milder, more philosophical, more devout. Consider what privileges you enjoy who have been initiated into the mysteries, with what company you offer up that mystic hymn, with what company you cry aloud the “Trisagion”.
Teach “them that are without” that you have joined the chorus of the Seraphim, that you are ranked as a citizen of the commonwealth above, that you have been enrolled in the choir of Angels, that you have conversed with the Lord, that you have been in the company of Christ.”
(St. John Chrusostom)
Pray at all times and never lose heart
God bless His service
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